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Actor Bradley Cooper is Writing the Script for a 'Hyperion' Adaptation?

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May 27, 2011
Source: SlashFilm, Charlie Rose

Bradley Cooper / Hyperion

Yep, apparently he ain't just an actor. So SlashFilm and ComingSoon are reporting that Bradley Cooper, the one we know as Phil from The Hangover, or Face from A-Team, or Limitless, was chatting on Charlie Rose earlier this week and said that he got hired to write a screenplay for Hyperion. The story goes: "[We] went to [producer] Graham King, who own the rights to Hyperion, and we wrote a treatment on spec. I said, 'I know this is a very audacious endeavor, but can you just read this spec we wrote? I think we have a way in to tell the story.' So now we're negotiating to write the script for it." That's actually quite impressive.

"This is an example of trying to get things started," Cooper said of the writing gig. He's hoping this can eventually one day lead him to directing, his "true passion." He adds that "ideally I'd like to direct it, but there's no way." This obviously hasn't been announced and nothing is set in stone, but Cooper says "at least we have the chance to write the script for Hyperion." If all of this is true, the Hyperion we're talking about is an epic sci-fi series of books by Dan Simmons - known as the Hyperion Cantos - that at one point were being adapted for The Day the Earth Stood Still director Scott Derrickson to helm. But now with Derrickson onto Goliath, it sounds like Bradley Cooper and his friend Conal Byrne are working on a brand new take.

Hyperion deals with a space war, with most of the action taking place on a planet named Hyperion, known not only for its electricity-spewing trees but also for the Time Tombs, large artifacts that can move through time. The tombs are guarded by a monster called the Shrike, which impales people on metal trees. The series is inspired heavily by Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The cantos is highly complex, featuring multiple time-lines and characters whose behavior changes dramatically. As always, I'm curious to hear what Cooper & Byrne's take is that made King intrigued enough to hire them.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this project and any other news we hear. Originally, newcomer Trevor Sands had been working on a draft of the screenplay for Graham King at Warner Bros, but now it sounds like Cooper is on the latest draft. We otherwise haven't had an update for years, so we'll have to see how this pans out with Bradley Cooper involved. Such an odd direction for him to go in, but I am certainly intrigued.

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  • Xerxexx
    I don't find it that odd...I mean a lot of actors try their hand at the writing game, why not Cooper? I know he has a lot of haters, but I excited to see him at least going in this direction.
  • Anonymous
    @Xerxexx:disqus While it's true a lot of actors put on different hats (some direct, others write) this just feels really really weird to me.  I have nothing personal against Cooper at all, but this just seems like a meaty story to jump into.  I hope he does well and will definitely look forward to it, but I fear this will open a door to human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
    • Xerxexx
      He could pull a Ben Affleck prove to be a strong writer and director. Fingers crossed.
      • jah p
        I agree X, let's just wait and see what Bradley can do, he seems like a bright guy, we should stop pigeon-holding actors, doubting them just because their actors, these guys are on a set for over 14 hours a day, they do learn some things...
        • Xerxexx
          and who knows some writing talent my flow through Cooper's veins.
      • Anonymous
        Fingers crossed.  =) This just feels weird to me because I'm used to him as an actor.  It would be like M. Night Shyamalan announcing he was gonna direct a good movie...I'll have to see it to believe it.  HA HA, I kid, I joke!  Seriously, this will be interesting to see how it turns out.
        • Xerxexx
          Indeed it will be.
  • Rocky728
    Hopefully he sticks to writing and directing and quits acting. So in that vein I wish him the best, plus I'd love to see this come to fruition even if he opts to stay in front of the camera
  • RobNZ
    Hyperion is a book without a plot, just a collection of short stories that Simmons pieced together and then gave it the appearance of a bigger story. It won't work as a movie.
    • Lagoya
      Are you for real? Hyperion is one of the greatest books I have ever read! Hyperion on its own is not a complete story, you must also include Fall of Hyperion as Simmons himself said it is essentially one story split into 2 books. The plot is incredibly complex, Hyperion's universe is on the scale of star wars but much darker. 7 pilgrims chosen to travel to the Planet Hyperion tell their stories as they travel to the time tombs where they must face the Shrike - a metallic 4 armed creature who impales its victims on a tree of thorns. Incredible futuristic technology, genetically engineered humans adapted to zero G, a network of super intelligent AI's, wormholes through space (farcasters), epic battles through time - these are all included plus more, with a twist at the end you will never see coming! I agree that it would be some feat (almost impossible) to adapt this to film, as the collection of stories are not in chronological order. A high budget tv series might be more appropriate but if they can pull this off it will be the 'Inception' if epic sci-fi!
  • Fff
    nigga better not fuck it up, the story is so awesome

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